Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
"And do not fear those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul; but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.
"At that time they will deliver you up to punishment and will put you to death; and you will be objects of hatred to all the nations because you are called by my name.
Infuriated at getting this answer, they were disposed to kill the Apostles.
Here they brought forward false witnesses who declared, "This fellow is incessantly speaking against the Holy Place and the Law.
"I can see Heaven wide open," he said, "and the Son of Man standing at God's right hand."
And Saul fully approved of his murder. At this time a great persecution broke out against the Church in Jerusalem, and all except the Apostles were scattered throughout Judaea and Samaria.
Now Saul, whose every breath was a threat of destruction for the disciples of the Lord,
"I am a Jew, born at Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I was carefully trained at the feet of Gamaliel in the Law of our forefathers, and, like all of you to-day, was zealous for God.
"I myself, however, thought it a duty to do many things in hostility to the name of Jesus, the Nazarene.
For I bear witness that they possess an enthusiasm for God, but it is an unenlightened enthusiasm.
For you have heard of my early career in Judaism--how I furiously persecuted the Church of God, and made havoc of it;
as to zeal, a persecutor of the Church; as to the righteousness which comes through Law, blameless.
For from this time there will be in one house five persons split into parties. Three will form a party against two and two will form a party against three;